Stock No. 3411MS
Copper-engraved map showing the eastern part of north Africa, eastern Libya and Egypt, and the old coastal kingdom of Barca. Plate 175 x 284 mm., sheet about 234 x 334 mm. Printed for L’Afrique, first edition, 1656 (dated in cartouche). Hand-coloured. Four tiny worm-holes in side and upper margins, near edges and well away from printed area; otherwise a fine, clean, crisp example of the scarce first printing.
Nicolas Sanson (1660-1667) was a historian and geographer, and the most important French cartographer of the seventeenth century and the founder of the French school. L’Afrique is one section of his great work, Cartes Générales de Toutes les Parties du Monde (1654-1676).